Disaster preparedness plan for effective response

11 Aug 2010

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The Disaster Risk reduction at the National Level Nepal Project at the request of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), recently supported District Disaster Relief Committees (DDRC) of 11 mountainous, hilly and terai districts (Sunsari, Mohottari, Sindhuli, Solukhumbu, Dolakha, Sindhuli, Lamjung, Tanahun, Syangja, Arghakhanchi and Bajura) to develop District Disaster Preparedness Plans and District Contingency Plans 2010. 

This plan will help the districts minimize the injuries, loss of lives, property and development gains that is caused by floods and landslides every year in Nepal during the monsoon season. 
These plans now endorsed by the respective DDRCs, were based on the planning guidelines endorsed by the MoHA and prepared through thorough discussions and consultations between all the Government and non-Government agencies, civil society, community representatives and political bodies under the lead role of the District Disaster Relief Committees. 

Earlier in April, a two-day national Disaster Preparedness and Pre-monsoon Planning Workshop was organised which made 21 point recommendation to help map the different agencies who want to take the lead in preparing Disaster Preparedness Plans in 67 districts. Following this, UNDP organised three consultative meetings in all 11 districts to develop the actual District Disaster Preparedness Plans and District Contingency Plans before the onset of the monsoon season.